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Admissions to CSULB

Student Applicants

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Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Applicants

All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants (e.g., joint PhD and EdD applicants, master's degree applicants, those seeking educational credentials, and holders of baccalaureate degrees interested in taking courses for personal or professional growth) must file a complete graduate application as described in the graduate and post-baccalaureate admission materials at the CSU Mentor page, Applicants seeking a second bachelor's degree should submit the undergraduate application for admission unless specifically requested to do otherwise. Applicants who completed undergraduate degree requirements and graduated the preceding term are also required to complete and submit an application and the $55 nonrefundable application fee. Since applicants for postbaccalaureate programs may be limited to the choice of a single campus on each application, re-routing to alternate campuses or later changes of campus choice are not guaranteed. To be assured of initial consideration by more than one campus, it is necessary to submit separate applications (including fees) to each. Applications submitted by way of are preferable. An electronic version of the CSU graduate application is available at Application forms may also be obtained from the Graduate Studies Office or the Admissions Office of any California State University campus.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Admission Requirements

Graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants may apply for a degree objective, a credential or certificate objective. Depending on the objective, the CSU will consider an application for admission as follows:

General Requirements - The minimum requirements for admission to graduate and postbaccalaureate studies at CSULB are in accordance with university regulations as well as Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations. Specifically, a student shall at the time of enrollment: (1) have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or is to have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities; (2) be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended; (3) have attained a grade-point average of at least 2.5 (A = 4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted (excluding lower-division and extension course work taken after the degree); and (4) satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe. In unusual circumstances, a campus may make exceptions to these criteria.

Students who meet the minimum requirements for graduate and post-baccalaureate studies may be considered for admission in one of the following categories:

Post-Baccalaureate Classified - Applicants who wish to enroll in a credential or certificate program, they will be required to satisfy professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus (Some CSU campuses do not offer admission to unclassified post-baccalaureate students); or

Graduate Conditionally Classified - Applicants may be admitted to a graduate degree program in this category if, in the opinion of appropriate campus authorities, deficiencies may be remedied by additional preparation; or

Graduate Classified - Applicants who wish to pursue a graduate degree, are required to fulfill all of the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus.

(These and other CSU admissions requirements are subject to change as policies are revised and laws are amended. The CSU website, and the CSU admissions portal are good sources of the most up-to-date information.)

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate TOEFL Requirement

All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English. These students must receive a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (applicants taking the Computer-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language must present a score of 213 or above), unless the applicant:

1. Submits proof of having obtained a bachelor's degree from an accredited post-secondary institution where English was the principal language of instruction. CSULB interprets "where English is the principal language of instruction" to mean that a school is located in a country where English is the native language (the daily medium of communication of the majority of residents is English), and the applicant received academic instruction in all subjects (except foreign language courses) at all levels of education in English, or

2. Notification from CSULB's American Language Institute that the applicant has successfully completed levels 5 and 6 of the American Language Institute Program.

EXCEPTION: Applicants applying for Public Policy and Administration, which requires a 600 TOEFL, will not be waived from the TOEFL requirement. Also, for this exemption to remain valid for other students, once having met the exemption, the student must not have left the U.S.A. for more than two years to reside or study in a country where English is not the predominant language of business, education and day-to-day societal functions.